I know he's married to a woman. But he's very good-looking, especially for his age, and takes incredibly good care of himself. And his films are the gayest things ever. Plus, he tends to focus on the asses of his male stars: GATSBY has a very tight tracking shot basically on Joel Edgington's muscular ass as he gets off his polo pony and walks into his mansion, and Luhrmann similarly focused very much on Paul mercurio's ass in STRICTLY BALLROOM.
I don't know if he's gay, but I do know that he's a fucking HACK.
Just like Hugh Jackman, he has a very unattractive wife. Maybe hot guys having fug wives is an Australian thing
Mercurio's ass in "Strictly Ballroom" was a fucking work of art. It didn't last long at all so thank god Luhrmann preserved it on film forever.
The marriage is mostly a creative partnership, apparently.
They have a couple of kids, R4.
Years and years ago in a London newspaper interview he didn't deny, gave tacit agreement to, his being bisexual.
I'd be shocked if he wasn't.
I see him in the neighbourhood from time to time. He walks around with a very arrogant air.
There you go, showing my ignorance again. Thanks, R5.
There was a rumor floating around years ago that he and Lachlan Murdoch were lovers.
I did some surfing and found Cannes pics. He *is* attractive and rather well put together. He reminds me a lot of Tom Ford (albeit, with different coloring), including his smug look. I have vague memories of seeing a photo of him when MOULIN ROUGE came out, and I don't believe he looked as good then -- he was also heavier then, if memory serves.
Some British paper (the Times.Guardian, Independent,can`t remember,it was a dozen years ago)said of him something like he`s sexually straight but totally gay in spirit-they said he might be a red-blooded Australian male but look into his subconscious and you`ll find more pink feathers and Shirley Bassey than on a Gay Pride parade.
If he's not gay, or at least bisexual, he is the gayest straight man alive.
Here's Catherine Martin in her Gold Amex Card dress when she won an Oscar, she was very cute and slim here.
Always thought he was gay, just the music choices in his "films", even having Kylie in one. Hate him.
Sorry Op, I'm not trying to derail your thread, but what is with the flood of Australian and British actors, directors, etc. portraying Americans in American movies lately? I love the Australians and the British greatly, but I don't understand why they are portraying Americans so much and doing American theme projects. What is wrong with Americans portraying Americans? and/or doing American theme story, etc.? I wouldn't remotely go to England, Australia, or any other nation and take on a project which is based on their nation or their history. It just seems odd and ridiculous, just sayin.
I've thought this for years. I do believe he's gay.
What first got me to thinking that was when he said in an interview (British press) he identified with Mercutio in Romeo + Juliet (the part played by Harold Perrineau in drag during the ballroom scene).
Every single one of his films reinforces that, and his creative partnership with Catherine Martin as well.
He even looks gayer now with the weight loss.
Seriously, LOOK AT HIM.
He fell from the top of the gay tree and hit every gay branch on the way down, landed on Hugh Jackman and blew him.
R19 there's a recent thread about that. I was thinking one reason was the worldwide market is so big and Hollywood wants to be inclusive.
But it's really always been the case throughout the history of Hollywood with even non-native English speakers movie stars. It's a worldwide creme de la creme thing and Hollywood is where the most opportunities are of course. Also casting directors must be looking for something like this.
What is Baz short for?
^ Yup, Burt Reynolds crossed with John Inman. And that bow-tie!
I mean, why hide?
Keith Urban + Baz Luhrmann (Nicole Kidman stands by)
I've been thinking of that pitching story ever since this thread started.
I read the GQ feature on Leonardo DiCaprio and Baz described convincing Leonardo to take the role in "The Great Gatsby" as "drama". That use alone convinced me Luhrmann was on our team.
That picture at r21 shows he's had plastic surgery lately.
Notorious pussyhound, just like me!
Australia, from what I've read about it, is a very machisto culture, similar to Latin America or the American South in some respects, where even if you are Baz Luhrmann gay, you are still expected to marry and have children (see also: Jackman, Hugh).
Let me put it this way:
Now imagine how Texans would see themselves if they were the descendants of convicts.
[quote]What is Baz short for?
I'd always thought it was short for Sebastian but I just read an interview and he explains that he changed his name in high school. He was born Mark Anthony but was bullied and mocked because his hair resembled a character named Basil Brush so he reclaimed the name.
Christ, his biography sounds like Ryan Murphy wrote it.
I interviewed him once, a loooooong time ago. R+J was coming out, and he wasn't yet above doing small press. He's very full of himself. Fine. But yeah, he had a weird, non-sexual or omni-sexual vibe to him. I could totally buy him fucking his wife on Monday, and then getting fucked by a construction worker on Tuesday, a female groupie on Wednesday, a pool boy on Thursday, etc.
I vote bisexual. Or at least a total hedonist who'll engage in anything that involves a pleasant physical sensation.
All eyes go to Edgerton's ass anyway, gay or straight.
But yeah, Baz looks gay as a goose.
Joel Edgerton is so fucking hot.
" I love the Australians and the British greatly, but I don't understand why they are portraying Americans so much and doing American theme projects. What is wrong with Americans portraying Americans? "
Australian and British actors are, in general, better trained than American ones. Young American actors have to focus on getting a top agent while they're still high school age (or they'll never have big careers), while the young Brits and Aussies learn to do accents, other periods, stagecraft, memorization, real actors' skills.
Yes, it's fucked up, because Hollywood casting is generally fucked up. Hollywood is so focused on young flash-in-the-pans that it discourages young American actors from developing over the long term.
Catherine Martin was the name of that big fat person I kept in my pit. She didn't know what pain was.
Or, R35, he was bullied and mocked because he was a huge prat even then.
Those who find Catherine unattractive are overlooking the important fact that she's the one with the talent.
I wonder if Baz is a sociopath.
It would explain the type of films he makes.
Indeed R43. Considering that his films are merely showcases for the outstanding wardrobe, yes.
I am surprised to find out he is married to a woman! I always just assumed he was gay from his films and what he looked like. He'd be best pals with Matt Weiner.
Took 32 replies to bring up the massive face lift.
He's only in his early 50's and his face so tight it's beyond obvious.
I've heard about the bisexual thing from the British press, but cannot find it.
Probably not. Does being camp make someone gay? Clearly some of you think so.
I read an interview with him around the time of Moulin Rouge where he said he is bisexual and hinted that his wife is too.
R34 Australia is nothing like Texas. It'd you had ever been to either place you'd know that. Australians are laid back and couldn't give two hoots if you're gay. Hollywood cares however and cares a lot. That's why gay actors in Australia are out of the closet, but actors in Hollywood, especially those aspiring to be leading men and women, are not.
I thought he's handsome for being 70, but when I read he was only 51, he looks like a drug abuser for that age.
If he's not gay my gaydar must be off
I'm meeting him tomorrow, actually.
R49 Tell Ian Thorpe Aussies are laid back about gays.
No one gave a shit about Ian Thorpe's sexuality, r53. He could have competed in a pink sequined thong as long as he brought home the gold.
R19, excellent point. You might also wonder why every good, new-seeming, actor on TV turns out to be Australian (think both leading actors in 2 new USA series - "Rush" and "Satisfaction" are Australian; if I've got that wrong, I apologize.) My favorite: Simon Gray (The Mentalist) - woof!!
Baz talking about he and his wife sleeping in different beds.